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This is Blackie. She crossed the Rainbow Bridge about 28 years ago. Unimaginative name because I got her when I was five. She died a few years before I was married. I still think of her. She was MY cat for most of her life and didn't like anyone else. In her elderly years when I was at college, she finally decided my parents were ok for friends. I wish I had been there for her when she died.

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Waiting to see how Buddy takes to being 'fixed' he may turn into a homebody and stay indoors more. The stinker is always into some mischief, he is all boy and just like a boy always has scrapes and is dirty. He loves to roll in the dusty spot at the end of the drive. If I could wash him I bet I could get out 2lbs of dirt.

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JUNEAU You are most welcome. Save some kitties for the rest of us. I hope you get a two-some. Lots of fun.

Mexgal1 and Longlife7 how are you both doing? Is it getting any easier? Are you thinking of getting any new love bugs?

You all have my best, Holly

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Thanks, Holly! Your encouragement and support means a lot...I'd have all the cats in the world if I could!

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Juneau, I completely understand. Nudge him when you think he is ready. Meanwhile there is a little kitty waiting for you both. Keep us posted. emoticon

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I'm having to wait on my partner, too. I am ready for another furbaby, but he is not. Our beloved Cilantro was with us for nearly 18 years and she was totally his girl. She had him wrapped around her little paws! Seeing how he interacted with her was pure joy and entertainment for me!

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Sorry to hear about Addie passing in September. The time you will hopefully find lucky kitty to share your hearts. Your hubby may be ready now but unable to tell you. Show him some pictures on line to melt his heart again. Maybe if you have no kitties now, you could get a well bonded sibling pair. That is so much fun to watch them play together. Plus when you are not there, they have each other. Not much more care. We did that. You have my best, Holly

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My Addie died in Sept of 2013. We had her cremated. The first one of us that goes she gets dropped in the box and buried with them. We had been blessed to have her 16 years. She is still missed. About a year and a half b-4 she died we were sent Buddy. He came with our rental house. He received lots of extra loving when she passed. I'm itching to get a new girl. I was ready for a new kitty a lot sooner than the hubby. So I am having to wait a while.

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emoticon You too JUNEAU2010 and everyone else as well.

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emoticon Holly! Have a Marvelous Monday!

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Glad to hear it. Give it time. The whole in your hearts Cilantro left is huge. In time you will start filling it back up with good memories and I hope your tears turn into smiles. Lucky we have them but it is always too short a time, -Holly

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A friend of mine gave us a fake stone "marker" that has paw prints and a saying something like "If love were enough, you would live forever." We cried, but the pain is not so intense. We will always miss our Cilantro, but we are enjoying our Juneau even more.

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Thanks JUNEAU, Nothing original only heart-felt. Hope everyone is doing okay for today. emoticon

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Well said, Holleeho!

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Gotta believe we will see them again and their spirit will shine through other cats and remind us of them and others who passed before. Keep rescuing cats if you can. When one dear cat moves on, they know they are leaving room in your home and heart for another and they would not want us to be sad, but instead celebrate their life and be happy again, before too long. I do not handle losing a cats very well, they are a big part of me, but I try to think of what they would want to... To be out of pain, to not have their lives artificially extended when the end if near and the quality of that life not what they or you wanted, to go on to a better place for them at this time in their lives, to make space to help another kitty whom they may very well know or be spiritually connected to. I think of life as a circle. My cats are no exception. Warm hugs and remember if you have other pets in your home, know they are grieving too, though they may not show it. They need extra attention and let them help you heal as well. Best regards, Holly

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It is always hard to lose a loved one. I have had a few cats in my years that I have lost.
Midnight was my first cat - he was 20 when he died.
Half-Pint was one a friend couldn't keep = he was 16 when he died.
Princess was the only female I had - she was about 17 when she died.
Trouble was one that was hanging around outside our apartment when we first got to Madison and it was before work and we took him in. He was close to 20 when he died.
Skittles was a stray. We used to feed the cats outside our patio, we had a bed and everything for them. One day this momma cat came by and dropped him off. We were having our Christmas party and my niece saw it and said we had to bring it in. So we did. He was a wild one though and never would let us get close to him, but we had him for 14 years.

I am sure they are all having fun together chasing butterflies and rollicking in the fields. I miss every one of them.

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I am so sorry to read of the recent losses. It is so hard to lose them all when they are part of your family. emoticon to all.



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So sorry to both Juneeau and Mexgal, names are hard for me sometimes. Juneau I send my sympathies to you too for losing Ciantro. I missed your post totally. Regrets only. Wish I could have posted to help you in those first days, they are the worst. They become such a big part of us. Both of your cats are lucky you found them or rather they found you. It takes lots of time to heal but that just proves what a big part they had in your lives. Remember them fondly. emoticon emoticon
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It was Mexgal who lost Guinivere this week; I lost Cilantro 2.5 weeks ago. Thanks for the good thoughts, though! We miss her so much!

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Sallie Mexgal, You are and your DH are in my thoughts. Guinevere must have been a lovely cat and dear companion. Have both you and your husband write down all the things you will miss about her. Think of it as a celebration and honoring of her. It can have a healing effect on such great loss. Include all the things you remember about her. Her purr, her favorite toy, her sounds .....

My DH and I have done this any times together and it softens some of the initial pain plus days or years later when we find that paper we smile and laugh together. Warm hug for comfort.

My suggestion is one I have talked about before. Broken hearts when they mend are stronger hearts. Perhaps even another special kitty will carry on for Guinevere one day. It happened to us when we could not imagine a kitty ever half filling their shoes. emoticon Holly

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My dear Guinevere just crossed rainbow bridge yesterday. My heart simply aches. www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
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So very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you...

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So sorry for your loss. So sad. emoticon



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05/22/1996 - 02/02/2014 Cilantro, our baby boss cat, crossed the rainbow bridge yesterday. While I loved her, she was truly a "daddy's girl" and I worry how the grief will affect him. We are brokenhearted and I crave your prayers for him.

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I read he had some sort of health issue...So sad!

My Cilantro will be 18 in May; Bug was nearly 22 when he died. Juneau, my youngster, is 7

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Thank you for sharing that information, SNOWFLAKE824. He was so young, unique, and beautiful. He will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with his family. RIP Colonel Meow!

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I saw on Facebook earlier that Colonel Meow has passed away after an illness. He was only two years old. I cried like I had lost one of my own. He became an internet sensation much like Grumpy Cat and Lil Bub. I read that he was found abandoned on the side of the road when he was a kitten, was sent to a shelter where he was adopted by his present owner. He had such a unique face that she started posting photos of him on Facebook and he became an instant star. Gone way to soon and way too young. But at least he was able to live out his short life with someone who loved him and he brought many smiles and laughter to his many followers. RIP Col Meow. We will miss you so much.

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I have had many cats that have gone over the Rainbow Bridge since I have been a little girl. My first cat was Smokey. I got her the summer before my sister joined our family. She died when I was a Jr. in high school; she was about 16 yrs old. She showed up at our house & we were not sure of her age then. I have had several kitties that have gone over at least I hope they have because they disappeared from home. The first was Brownears who left but came back & then just disappeared again. She was one of Smokey's kittens & had Siamese in her especially her cry. My next cat that disappeared was Myschalyne aka Myscha who came to the house as a kitten end she grew into a nice looking cat although. The last was my boy cat, Topaz. He disappeared September 2011 during a wedding at my neighbors house. I keep praying that he will come home . I have had several that I know have gone over the Rainbow Bridge as well I miss them all terribly and wish that I will see them someday. I have 5 cats now & they are all my hearts. We have inherited my grandmother's cat Midnight who will be 19 during the spring. My cat Penny will be 15 around Easter, Pearl who is the sister of Topaz will be 9 on Feb 25th and Shadow my LBK & I so not know her age but I think it may be about 5 or 6. I recently saw a 2 yr orange kitty who was the spitting image of Topaz & I wanted him. I just at the moment can't afford him as I have gone back to school on my own dime. emoticon I read all these posts & wish all of you the love of all your current fur babies. emoticon

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I wasn't thinking about dogs since this is a cat lover page, but, yes, there are some beloved canines waiting for me as well...

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If I count all of the cats that I had growing up and my Callie, I should have a whole herd of cats waiting for me! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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There are several waiting for me....

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When an animal takes his last breath on this earth, they go to the rainbow bridge where they wait for us when our time comes to join them. It's a beautiful place where they are healthy and play all day.

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Thanks for the support- I know he was suffering as he had arthritis in his hip and I know it bother him as he used to lie by the front door it (the coolest place in the upstairs that he could be close to us)but he never got cross or angry about . Poor guy I hope he is in a happier place.

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That sounds perfect and it really doesn't matter how long our loved ones have been gone. How wonderful that Callie is still so much in your thoughts and heart. She sounds delightful. I often celebrate the ones I have lost and at holiday time it sometimes seems like it happened more recently. They are never to far away. Take care, Holly

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I could probably make one of these, but I saw a picture frame in a catalog recently that I was thinking of ordering. You are supposed to use it to display the photo of a beloved pet that is no longer with you. The frame is engraved with the caption: 'Thanks for everything. I had a wonderful time.' Although my Callie has been gone since 1998, I have at least one good photo of her (actually I think it's one with her sitting under the Christmas tree) that I would love to display.

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If you have a tree put your special Kittie's picture on a branch to celebrate their life. Mine always loved the ornaments and now they are looking back at me as ornaments themselves. They actually make these items where you find Christmas decorations. Mine is a green wreath with a clear center to slide in a photo with a red ribbon hanger. Take care, Holly

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Chris, I know how you feel. Gidget use to always lay under the Christmas tree. Even though I have BeBop and Izzy, Gidget was very special. I, too, haven't had a cat live past 12 and am hoping that changes with Izzy and BeBop.

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Chris. I too am so sorry this is your first Christmas in 12 years without Sam. My grandmother once told me our pets, usually of ill health, move on to the Rainbow Bridge so you will open our homes and hearts one day to another needy shelter kitty who also is also dealing with the loss of family making two broken hearts will mend into one stronger heart. To you and others with kitties passed, you have my best, Holly

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emoticon I am sorry that Sam is no longer with you.

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I was just thinking out loud earlier on this weekend and mentioning how this is the first Christmas without Sam, Its too bad I haven't had a single cat live past 12.

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Thar's wonderful - glad you are trying this.

My best to everyone working on feeling whole again. -Holly

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Holly, that is a wonderful idea. I can't find any pictures of my little Dachshund anymore or my other cats before Orzo (I might be able to find a couple of April after a lot of looking) and haven't written much down lately. I think that I will start today writing things down, everything I can remember. I will also write things about the current ones so that if something happens I will have the memories and not lose them through being too upset. Thank you for those ideas. Got to get my camera working again.

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Something I shared recently with a fellow team member that helped us cope with the passing of a beloved and special cat we hoped would last forever. We now do it for each one we have to let go.

When a passing is almost too much to handle, we sit down with lots of paper and write down all the things (big and small) we remember and will miss about them. We brainstorm, cry and laugh for a few hours. It always turns out to be a long list which we leave out for days adding to it several more times all the things we never want to forget. It feels like you are honoring their life with you. When the tears came, we looked at the pictures and the list and it helped to lift some of the sadness. Now, after a few years, we still glance at it and remember how very lucky we were to have them share their life with us. It is amazing but you forget silly simple things and this jogs your memory and often your funny bone. Interestingly enough, our lists though not intended to, recalled all the joyful treasures they brought to us. It is as if they could came back for a moment and warm our hearts again.

My best to all. I hope some of you try this....it might help ease the loss a bit.
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Raven: What you said about your girl Hershey was so lovely, and exactly how I feel about Vince. emoticon

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My cat Jack has started to do this.

I lost my Vince to Rainbow Bridge very recently. I'm still struggling to come to terms with a life without him. I have loved all of my cats, but I do think some, because of their strong personalities and big hearts make a special connection with us. That was Vince, a larger than life young man who shared everything I did in the house (and when I was away, was always on my mind).

Since he died, my younger cat Jack has started doing things he would never do before. Vince had a thing about sitting in my handbag - no matter how big or small it was. Happily I tend to go for big handbags so it was quite comfortable, but on the occasion I chose a small evening bag, it did make us smile seeing him squeeze himself into such a small space (the bit where he dragged things out to make room for himself was a tad worrying, as things like my iphone would just be kicked onto the floor!). Jack never did this, or sat on the keyboard of my computer, but has now started doing this.

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Nice to know I'm not crazy or alone. I guess it is just another wonderful reason why we have these furry balls of treasure living with us. My best to all, Holly

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Same here. I have six cats. Cricket is 17, and he was 10 years old when we got him. I only had three other cats then, Max and Jade were almost 2, and Freedom was 1. He didn't pay much attention to any of those cats, but when I got Kobe and Chloe 3 years later, Kobe immediately took a strong liking to Cricket. They are 4 years old now, and I do believe that Kobe's attachment to Cricket has helped Cricket stay in better shape. Wherever you see Cricket, you will see Kobe. I am hoping to have Cricket around for a few more years. He is in pretty good health. He can still climb on the table, and on the dining room chairs. I don't encourage that, but he is going to do it whether I encourage it or not. So I accept it! emoticon

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That happened with mine, too. Bug was about 20, Cilantro was about 12 when we got Juneau at 10 weeks. Cilantro could care less, but Bug and Juneau played. I am sure the fact that they played kept him from being so stiff from arthritis. I think having Juneau gave us the two extra years we had with Bug. Juneau picked up some of his traits and that warms my heart because I still miss my Bug. Cilantro is now 17 and our time is very short. I have no idea how Juneau will react to being the top cat....

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This has happened to me more than three times. I have had an older cat whom I too dreaded would pass anytime. I got a younger cat (calm personality not too aggressive) under two and lots of things happened. The older cat perked up a bit and in the back of my mind I knew having the next one would help to heal my broken heart but what really surprised me was the new cat seemed to take on some of the special traits of the one I had had for such a long time. Call it what you will, I think there is something to this. It is as if they are passing one the job of taking care of us to the next one in line. I know it is far fetched but I have one right now and he is a spitting image of my older dearly beloved cat who passed, whom we now refer to as his grandfather-though no relation. So for all those who miss their kitties maybe, this can help. -Holly

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I was never allowed to have a cat when I was growing up because my mom was allergic to them. But when my dad got remarried, (someone that already had a cat), and couldn't get her to play with the toy mouse he had bought for her, I intervened by taking the toy and sitting down in the floor dangling the toy by it's tail. Within seconds, their cat was playing with it. At that point my dad insisted that I needed to get a cat of my own. The rest is history.

My first cat (Py) was 16 years old when she passed over Rainbow Bridge. Then #2 (Tiger) joined her on May 6, 2013, (he had just turned 6 years old on March 6th). He had a brain tumor that the vet said we had already done everything humanly possible for him. The good news is that I still have #3 cat (Patches). I got her 2 weeks after I got Tiger and she was 2 weeks older than him. They were the best of friends. We still love and miss him. emoticon emoticon

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emoticon I know what you mean. Five years ago next month is when I lost my Bug. I'd had him for nearly 22 years. My next cat, Cilantro, is a very old 17, so she will be joining Bug soon. Am I ever dreading her crossing! Praying that it is peaceful and easy for her...

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I have lost many pets over the years, mostly cats, but most recently, I lost the one I was closest to... Hershey...she was my heart, my baby, one that can never, ever be replaced. She was always there for me, & I miss her tremendously....

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Glad to have you join us although I am a bit of newbie myself. Clearly cool people, cool cats and losing weight going on here. Glad you are on your way to your weight loss goals. I use Food Tracker to keep me honest. It has made the difference for me. Best wishes, Holly

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The Rainbow Bridge has helped me so many times over the years when I have lost my babies.I am so grateful for the time we do have with each one. We were talking last night how Max has purred his way into our heart and helped us deal with our grief over Thor's passing. I still miss him and always will. But Max is a sweetie and each one had their own personality and meows. Max is quiet and only meows when he wants something,. When we start to follow him, he turns around to make sure we are following him to his destination which is usually the food dish or the back sliding glass door to go onto the screen porch. emoticon

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Each is different. BeBop didn't meow until just this last year and he sounds like a bird while Izzy sounds like a duck (just think of the AFLACK duck).

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yes each is different

I am not pussyfooting around. :)


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Six cats who all have their own individual sound, and I know what each sound from each cat means. Who says our cats are not like children? Well...whoever said it, just doesn't know what he/she is talking about!

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June,
You put that very nicely. -Holly

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They do purr themselves right into our hearts!

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Big warm hugs for all those who have lost pets. They stay with us such a short time, and give so much, so when they leave we are rather lost. Although I have had to let go of many exceptional cats that took chunks of my heart with them, I try to believe I will see them again and I always keep them alive in my heart. -Holly

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So sorry for your loss, BonnieJean. They so do leave imprints on us. Our Angus was one like that. He left us 5 years ago and is still very much missed. We have lost several over the years and it is always hard. Love on the ones you have near you. The years that go before are so worth it. Hang in there, Herd

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emoticon Makes me miss my furrbabies all over again and dread the next rainbow bridge crossing.

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Just read about Arwen (here and on your blog), and wanted to say I'm sorry for your loss. Sounds like she had a wonderful life, surrounded by people who adored her (and a gang of mates who benefited from her medication routine emoticon ).

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This was posted on FB today and I thought I'd pass it along. Got to add a Kleenex warning to it. I thought of all my babies -- dogs, cats, horses, birds -- and I was in tears all over again. But I hope that besides tears it might also bring comfort remembering all our fur babies.

"I stood by your bed last night, I came to have a peep.
I could see that you were crying, you found it hard to sleep.

I whined to you softly, as you brushed away a tear.

“It’s me, I haven’t left you, I’m well, I’m fine, I’m here”

I was close to you at breakfast, I watched you pour the tea. You were thinking of the many times your hands reached down to me.

I was with you at the shops today, your arms were getting sore. I want to take your parcels, I wished I could do more.

I was with you at my grave today, you tend it with such care. I want to reassure you that I’m not lying there.

I walked with you towards the house as you fumbled for the key, I gently put my paw on you, I smiled and said “It’s me“.

You looked so very tired and then you sank into a chair, I tried so hard to let you know that I was standing there.

It’s possible for me to be so near you everyday, To say to you with certainty “I never went away“.

You sat there very quietly, then smiled, I think you knew, That in the stillness of that evening I was very close to you.

The day is over…. I smile and watch you yawning and say, “Good Night, Sweet Dreams, I’ll see you in the morning”.

And when the time is right for you to cross the brief divide, I’ll rush to greet you and we’ll stand together side by side.

I have so many things to show you, there’s much for you to see. Be patient, live your journey out; then come home and be with me."

-This poem was written by Phyllis Smith and is available along with 75 more poems in a book called “Our Best Friends."



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I am so sorry Bonniejean. emoticon Keep the good memories.



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Thanks for all of the kind suggestions and concern for my Arwen. She stopped eating on Tuesday. She didn't seem interested in food. We had decided to make her as comfortable as possible. Wednesday evening she lay down near the window and when we checked on her about an hour later, she was gone.

I wrote more details on my sparkpage and a longer version of her cat biography on my wordpress blog. The blogging was therapeutic.

Again, thanks for all of the suggestions.

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Yes they do!

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Thanks everyone for sharing your stories. Someone said to me once, when we lose a pet, it is like we lost a personality from our homes.

And they sure have their own personalities!

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I won't mention all of the cats that I grew up with--it would take a long time. We always had a cat or two. The first cat that I had that was solely mine was Callie. She lived to be around 13 and died from some type of blood or liver ailment. She had already gotten too sick to be helped by the time I realized that she was really sick. I felt guilty, but I know that cats are very good at hiding their illnesses sometimes.

Now I have sisters Maggie May and Alice. I hope that they live to be really old and have really healthy lives. They get pampered enough! I think that they will be nine this month.

'Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming -- WOW -- what a ride!


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Orzo, too, is very picky about what he eats. I have had people suggest that he is sick and needs to go to the vet and then I give him a sample of some other food and he just gobbles it up. He has a very good bag of Wellness Indoor Cat and he will barely eat it. Give him Science Diet and he just loves it. He also would not eat the wet food that the vet sent home when I got him, but will eat the cheap stuff when I can afford to get some on sale. I have only been able to get him samples of other food and cannot afford to go buy a new food now.



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Barbara, so sorry about both your losses and within such a short time.... emoticon

BonnieJean, she may not like the soft you bought, my female is very very finicky, and won't even touch soft, rather have her hard food. Perhaps you could wet her favorite hard food so softer to eat. My Missy I had to syringe feed her, perhaps consider soft food via a syringe. You just get a good wet one and put a little in the side of her mouth, etc. It just really stinks that some of them get sick on us!



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I am very sorry that you're going through this. Are you ready/prepared for her to go at this time?

Does she still have her teeth/are they in good shape? It may hurt to eat even soft food if her teeth are bothering her. It's possible that this might be reason she's not been eating.

Is there a special treat that she likes? Try giving it to her to see if she is interested in eating it. If not, she may be truly sick. If she shows interest but can't seem to eat, again I'd have her checked out.

I believe that some car sickness may be a small price for her to pay if you feel that she is not yet ready to go. I understand that she has diabetes and arthritis, but if you can keep controlling these conditions with medications, let's say, she may have a few more good years in her. Of course, I'm not sure how much you and your vet have already done for her. I'm just trying to give you some ideas.

Again...so sorry to hear about your kitty.

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The best thing to do for her is the vet come to your place and put her down Cats unlike people do not have to die in pain

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Our sweet 12 year old Siamese Tabby mix has had diabetes for several years. She seems much older than 12. In addition to diabetes, she has arthritis. Anyone watching her move can tell that she is in pain. She is so frail and has lost a lot of weight. Recently we switched her to soft food because she couldn't eat the dry cat food. Yesterday I noticed that she has stopped eating even the soft food. Since Arwen gets so carsick, I don't want the end to be extra miserable because of car sickness on the trip to the vet. My daughters want to keep her home and make her comfortable till the end, but I don't know how long a cat will live once it stops eating. Does anyone have an idea of how long?


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The sad part that is life We live then die.

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My wonderful Cuddles died 6/25/07 of kidney disease, and my dad was diagnosed with the same a few days before that, and when the Dr. told me this (at the vet's), I thought I was going to collapse.....as my two favorites were diagnosed with this horrific disease! I miss them both so much......as my dad died 9/29/07, and the last half of 07 was truly a difficult one for me. But I have wonderful memories of both!!

Barbara .....that's what my friends call me! Never cared for the name Barb.

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Thank you for the suggestions. My son has already switched him to soft food, and Tyler still has his blankies and places to hide. We think his biggest issue is just that he cannot handle change very well. He has been on anti-anxiety meds, and aromatherapy, but is still very stressed out. There's just been too many changes for him the last few years.

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Hi FangKitty, was wondering perhaps if they played with him and ensure he has some places to jump up on, maybe that would help him feel at home. Or perhaps feed him in a quiet place where no one is around? Try some soft food? I watch My Cat From Hell a lot and have seen him bring cats back to living a happy life. Maybe check out his website? I feel so bad for you guys....I hope Tyler pulls through his stress :)

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We lost our Mufasa 3 years ago December to polycystic kidney disease then 7 months later we lost Pepe' le Pew to liver cancer -- he was a tuxedo angora and only 18 months old... this is why I like mutts! Purebreds can be so fragile.



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My Caesar was just short of 16 when he had a heart attack on Easter 2009. He was solid gray and long haired and just the sweetest cat ever (except if his food dish was empty, then he would jump on and bite my head while I was sleeping so he trained me to never let the food run out). I still miss my CeCe Baby.

I am preparing myself emotionally now for the news that my Tyler is going to pass. He is only 12 but has had a rough year...severe anxiety from moving last September, even though he has known and lived with my son his entire life; he just lost 6 teeth and is not eating regularly. We think he is still stressed and anxious because he only eats when my son is home; my daughter and her dog moved in with them last month. He has also known my daughter forever and the dog for the last 5 years but apparently change is not something he can deal with. The dog could care less about Tyler, so at least no worries there. I just worry about him and feel guilty for causing him this stress. Although now I am 100% certain that the move with me would have killed him so it was best to let him stay with my son.

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Rainbow Bridge! We have had so many over the years that are waiting at the Bridge. There is Max and Jasper. There is Sara and Weezy. There was Pork Chop, my Dad's dog and Lola, my Mom's dog. I think that the hardest and most lingering loss has been Angus, our first Aussie and Lily. Their pics are on my SP. Angus got Canine Lymphoma when he was 6 1/2. We lost him, or I should say surrendered him 3 weeks later. We all agreed that when he lost his quality of life, we would not ask him to stay. I know he would have tried, but we just couldn't ask it of him. His loss has been one of the most painful for us.
Our Lily girl left us in my arms right after my DH had a major heart attack. He had just come home from the hospital. Lily was not well. She had an autoimmune thing I can't begin to pronounce, let alone spell. She had just started to rally and then we lost her. We found out later that her passing was a chance we took. Her blood formed a clot and it went right to her lungs.
We now have a family of 8 cats and 2 pup dogs. The 3 youngest of the group just turned 1 yesterday. We are blessed with lots of fur babies. emoticon emoticon

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I have six cats, and I have not yet lost one of them. My oldest was 17 in March, but he is in good health for an old fellow. I am very sorry for all of your lost pets. Our pets are so loved and so special that it will be hard to lose one of them.

I heard a vet discussing this topic on a radio show once. His words were comforting to me, and I wanted to share them with each of your. A caller asked him, "How do you know when it is time to 'let go' of a pet?" He said, "Look into your pet's eyes, and his/her eyes will tell you when it is time to let them go." Such a simple answer, and although very sad, it does sound like the right answer to her question.

Keeping all of you, and your pets that you have now and also those who have passed away in my thoughts and prayers.

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What heart wrenching stories...so sorry for all the pain of your losses!! We sure to love and miss them!

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My last kitty was April and she and Annie's puppies didn't get along. She considereed them intruders in her house and would attack them whenever she saw them and they, in turn, would attack her. I thought I had her downstairs with the door closed one day when I turned the dogs out and she and Blue got into it. I don't think he got her with his mouth because she didn't have any wet spots, but he probably stepped on her. He looked totally surprised that she was actually hurt. I took her to the vet and found out her entire one side of her jaw was crushed and they would have to remove it, but there was no guarantee she would ever even try to eat again. They would have had to wake her up for me to go say goodbye, so I opted to have them go ahead and put her down without because I didn't want her to go through any more pain. I felt really bad that I never could get her and the dogs to get along. She loved Annie and Ben and would sleep with them all the time.



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Of the 5 cats I had at the same time:

Sweeties was losing weight, etc but I also thought it was change in diet. Then I was gone for a month and I came home and she was skeletal! On Friday I made an appt with the vet for Monday. On Sunday I realized she was t eating or drinking so to her to the animal ER. She was within an hour of dying from kidney disease. Man, I still feel so guilty.

Brownie had kidney disease, too. I ended up learning how to give him IV fluids at home. At first it was once a day and then twice a day and then he was done - I could see it I his eyes, ya know?

His sister, Princess, died the next year when she developed a lump that the doc said was probably cancer given where it was. I didn't want to spend the $$ to get a biopsy, so I put her down. She was clearly not feeling well and with the odds.... I always err on the side of putting them down too soon. I don't want to live a moment thinking I selfishly caused them pain by hanging on too soon.

Their incestuously created daughter (before I got them and they were all fixed within a week of coming to my house) was crazy. Even though she weighed 5 lbs, all the other cats were terrified of her. She had tremors, her back legs were longer than her front ones. There is so much more wrong with her. I worked with her every day for 8 years - that's how long it took me to gain her trust enough to let me pick her up and pet her. The vet and vet techs wore leather gauntlets to weigh her, draw blood, etc. anything more than that and she went into the gas box to knock her out. So, we had to put her into the gas box to euthanize her. So, I wasn't with her. My most fav cat.

The last one, Whiskers, I finally put down for behavioral problems. He peed on everything! And no it wasn't an infection and it wasn't litter boxes. I threw out 2 couches, the living room carpet, my most expensive suitcase, on and on. The last straw was waking up in the middle of the night with him peeing on my pillow right next to my head!

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My first 3 since the brood I have now. I will never forget Gucci a beautiful Himalayan. He was 18 when he passed. Gertie, a tiny little kitten when I first got her, I was scared of her delicacy. She was 16 when she passed. My friend dubbed her the creamsicle cat she was orange and white. Then my sweetest little baby, Grizzabella. I lost her when she was also 16. All three had died of old age, but were forever loved. I had told Grizzabella when she was a young kitty, laying with her head on a pillow next to me "Don't you ever die" I will never forget that day. I had Gessie, and Gabrielle, (Elly) when I lost Grizz. emoticon

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Otto: My first kitty ever. Lived to be nearly 18 before I had to put him to sleep on December 30, 2005.

Max: My beautiful silver tabby, found by the police abandoned on the street and adopted by me immediately! He was about 12 when he came down with FIV on a Friday and had to be put to sleep on Monday, January 4, 2010.

Callie: My sweet lil tortoiseshell. Sassy and brassy, our only girl among males. She ruled the roost for 9 years until she was found to have a mass on her kidney. She was in and out of the vet's office for hydration until she could no longer be helped. She was just under 6 pounds when we had to put her to sleep on March 23, 2011,

It's the worst part of owning a pet...yet I will continue to have cats in my life for all the happiness we share.

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My Roofis was 11 when he went over the rainbow bridge this year. I had him longer than I've been married to my husband lol. I miss my Roofis emoticon

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I know we like to remember our pet's that crossed over the Rainbow Bridge emoticon .

I for one loved my "Missy" who passed away from esophagus cancer November 2011, she was 14 years old. Talk about the pain of it all. I missed the signs that she was sick, she was losing weight slowly and I just thought because she was getting older and eating less, not to mention she was throwing up here and there...if only I wasn't so darn stupid!!! I would have taken her in a heart beat had I known what I know now..

Well since then I have adopted Mitty and Matty, and they are off to the vet for any thing that I think is wrong...I'm so worried they might get sick and die...and I have a new found obsession for cats...I know strange..but I just can't help myself :)

So tell us your story.

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